East Machias selectman: BDN should require real names of online commenters

Posted April 04, 2011, at 2:34 p.m.
Last modified April 04, 2011, at 3:11 p.m.

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EAST MACHIAS, Maine — During Monday’s meeting of the East Machias Board of Selectmen, Selectman Will Tuell requested that the Bangor Daily News disable online commenting for individual stories until the people posting the comments are required to use their real names.

Stung by some of the online comments made about the board’s vote last week not to support Washington Academy’s application for a federal loan guarantee, Tuell said, “Most of the comments are mean and cruel.”

The Sun Journal of Lewiston decided earlier this year to verify all commenters’ identities.

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